Saturday, November 26, 2011

Designers Who Inspire. #6 Megan Young

Megan Young's interiors can be described as timeless, classic, and elegant.  There is very little that is trendy in her designs.  Her style is traditional with a twist.  The twist being the vibrant and modern colors and patterns that she masterfully mixes in her otherwise traditional rooms.  The pictures below are of her home that was featured in Southern Living Magazine, along with some from her portfolio, which you must check out here.

Interior Decorating Ideas: Spicing Up the Traditional

This room is so fresh and airy.  Orange, light blue and white look so great together.

Interior Decorating Ideas: Showcase Bold Colors

The bamboo chairs look great with the tulip table.  It's good to mix styles to keep your rooms from being boring.

Interior Decorating Ideas: Unexpected Combinations

The dining room looks fresh with the white dining room table and graphic print on the chairs.


From her portfolio.


Beautiful ice blue taffeta curtains puddling on the floor.


Interesting artwork.  Check out estate sales and thrift stores for fun artwork.

Interior Decorating Ideas: Sophisticated Basics

I love the leopard print carpet in the bedroom.  Animal prints are a decorating classic!

linden loveseat

Another shot of her bedroom.  This one is from her portfolio.

Interior Decorating Ideas: Combine Collectables

One of my favorite living rooms ever!

Interior Decorating Ideas: Mix and Match Original Art

Some of Megan's own artwork hanging up.

linden-sun room

Her sunroom from her portfolio.

Did you notice that she uses  all of the top 5 decorating classics?  Antiques? Yes.  Blue and white ginger jars?  Yes.  Leopard Print,  Chinoiserie,  a parson's desk?  Yes, yes, and yes!

To read a great article and see more pictures of Megan's home, go here

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Whites

Winter is coming and you CAN keep your white bedding during the cooler months!  To keep it from looking summery, I suggest layering the whites with some velvet and fur to make it really cozy.  Here are some inspiration pics.


 Full House.

bedrooms - ivory gold posted canopy bed chippendale chair rug gold beige faux fur throw blanket bedding bedroom  bow chicka bow wow!      Metal

 Decor Pad.

My favorite – this red velvet upholstered headboard, fluffy comforter and pillows…decadent and dreamy  Image:  House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Image from here.

 Decor Pad

Set of Hot Pink Textured Velvet Pillows

Etsy has a lot of beautiful velvet pillow covers to choose from.

Genuine Uzbek Ikat silk velvet pillow cover

I LOVE this one.

Blue Floral Cut Velvet Pillow Sham

And this one too!  It it is only $15!

Olive Shimmer - Throw Pillow Cover - 16x16 Inches Velvet Pillow Cover in Olive Green
This pillow cover is pretty too!

SANELA Cushion cover, gray Length: 26 " Width: 26 "  Length: 65 cm Width: 65 cm

Ikea also has some pretty velvet pillow covers for only $13!

And I saw some nice looking fur blankets at Homegoods the last time I was there.

Hope that helps mom!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Staffordshire Dogs

Designer Todd Klein has a staffordshire dog on the book shelves of his New York apartment.  Image from here.

A pair of antique staffordshire dogs on the mantle.  Image from here.

Staffordshire dog lamps in the guest bedroom in Bee Cottage featured in House Beautiful.

Have you been following the makeover of Bee Cottage in House Beautiful?  Pretty cute.  Image from here.


Staffordshire dogs looking right at home in a more modern setting.  Image from here.

Black & Spiro window display.


A pair of dogs on the mantle.  Image from here

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Christine Dovey who writes the blog, Bijou and Boheme, included a pair of staffordshire dogs in her Tastemaker Tag Sale on One King's Lane.

A cute staffordshire dog on a parson's desk.

Another cute dog on a parson's desk.

To see  more staffordshire dogs, go here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Autumn Necessities for the Home

1. A Fall candle

This candle smells so yummy. When I light this candle I feel like I need to put a sweater on, even when it is 89 degrees outside.  I found mine at Target.

2. Faux fur throw


I can't say this is a necessity just yet, but once the weather cools off it will be nice to snuggle up with this blanket while watching a movie.

3.  Cornucopia

When Fall arrives, the blue and white ginger jars come off the dining room table and the cornucopia goes on.  I fill mine with faux glittery white and black pumpkins, gold acorns, lots of leaves and moss.  This Thanksgiving, I think I am going to try to make Martha Stewart's candy cornucopias for the kids.  So cute!

4.  Opi fingernail polish in Siberian Nights

Siberian Nights OPI Nail Polish

I know this is not for the home, but I can't live without this color for the fall.  My super stylish neighbor was wearing it a couple of years ago and I had to find out what color it was.  I won't keep it a secret.

5.  Chili Pie

A Southern staple.  Chili, cheese and Fritos.  Must be Fritos.  Not nutritious, but so delicious.  Tastes great on a crisp, cool evening.  Go here, for a great recipe.

What are your necessities for the Fall?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Autumn Inspiration

I look forward to wearing outfits like this one that Jill is wearing.  However the weather in Texas hasn't been cooperating lately.  Too hot!

It makes it hard to decorate for Fall.  However, these pictures inspired me and I finally dug out my scarecrow, bats, spiders, and other Autumn paraphernalia.  A trip to the nursery for mums and pumpkins helped too.

For those of you who have not yet turned your house into a Fall wonderland, here is some inspiration.

Decorating Step-by-Step: Wreath of Pumpkins

Go to Southern Living  for instructions on making that wreath.

Love this!

I have been using the Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in gold for painting pumpkins and acorns and they look magical!

If you need some more ideas, go to Country Living for some fun Halloween templates.

All images found here.